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Poetry Inn Napa Valley

By Published On: August 2nd, 2023

Warm Hospitality and Comfortable Elegance Define This Romantic Inn. 

Located just outside of Yountville in the Stags Leap District, Poetry Inn offers a secluded setting and impeccable service. Breathtaking views of Napa Valley from its hilltop location, along with luxuriously appointed suites—each one unique—create an incomparable wine country experience.

Sunset over Poetry Inn.
Sunset over Poetry Inn. Photo Courtesy: Bob McClenahan.

Ambassadors at the adults-only sanctuary provide personalized concierge services including arrangements for winery tours, dinner reservations, and spa treatments.

Gorgeous early evening vineyard view from Poetry Inn.
Gorgeous early evening vineyard view from Poetry Inn. Photo Courtesy: Bob McClenahan.

Accommodations

Five suites, each named for a poet, range from 970 to 1450 square feet and feature terraces with valley views, indoor and outdoor showers, wood-burning fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, plush robes, king-sized beds, and well-stocked mini-bars.  

Poetry Inn Suites exterior.
Poetry Inn Suites. Photo Courtesy: Bob McClenahan.

The Emily Dickinson suite is located on the northwest corner of the inn, with hillside and valley views. A king-sized bed with feather duvet and luxury Italian linens is surrounded by decor that suggests the author’s work in original art and a blue mural.

Poetry Inn Emily Dickinson Suite.
Emily Dickinson Suite. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt.

The Walt Whitman suite, facing west for prized sunset views, includes a hanging daybed and a spa-style sunken bathroom with a large soaking tub.

Poetry Inn Walt Whitman Suite.
Walt Whitman Suite. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt.

The e.e. cummings suite on the main floor, features a separate living room, wet bar, and a south-facing covered balcony.

Poetry Inn e.e. cummings suite.
e.e. cummings suite. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt.

The Robert Frost suite boasts two terraces: one facing west with a hanging daybed and a south-facing terrace with a hammock and hillside views. In a nod to his poetry, a mural of the woods from “The Road not Taken” adorns the wall over the bed.

Poetry Inn Robert Frost suite.
Robert Frost suite. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt.

Referred to as “the jewel of the Inn,” the Robert Louis Stevenson suite is the largest, with a private entrance on the top floor and a wrap-around deck.

Poetry Inn Robert Louis Stevenson suite Bedroom.
Robert Louis Stevenson suite Bedroom. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt.

A separate sitting room is furnished with plush seating, a wood-burning fireplace, and the words of Stevenson’s “My Shadow” hand printed in pencil on two walls. The bedroom features a four poster bed, sofa, and crisp black and white decor.

At Poetry Inn guests can book individual rooms, but the Inn is also available for buyouts of the entire property. Ideal for private celebrations or family gatherings, the living room area opens to a large furnished terrace, and there’s seating and tables for dining. 

Poetry Inn Large terrace with vineyard view.
Large terrace with vineyard view. Photo Courtesy: Bob McClenahan.

The Hemingway Bar, near the entrance, features wine and an array of snacks including freshly baked cookies and house-made trail mix.

Poetry Inn lobby with seating areas.
Poetry Inn lobby with seating areas. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt.

Dining

Each day begins with a three-course breakfast that starts with coffee, tea, fresh juices, and pastries from Yountville’s Bouchon Bakery. The second course is a light dish followed by a choice of a sweet or savory entrée.

Poetry Inn Three-course breakfast by Executive Chef Lynn Vita.
Three-course breakfast by Executive Chef Lynn Vita. Photo Courtesy: Bob McClenahan.

The menu, based on seasonal produce from the Inn’s garden and local farms, changes daily. Guests may enjoy breakfast in their rooms, in the living room, or al fresco on the terrace.

Private dining is available, and guests can choose a food and wine pairing experience created by the Inn’s chef and served on their suite’s private terrace. The Inn’s ambassadors are happy to suggest local restaurants and make reservations for guests. 

The Spa at Poetry Inn

Exclusively for Poetry Inn guests, the intimate spa suite is located on the floor below the lobby. Guests can choose from an array of treatments to enjoy in the spa or in their guestroom or private terrace. 

The Spa at Poetry Inn.
The Spa at Poetry Inn. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt

Massage therapies include the “Be Here Signature Massage” that features steam compresses, sound healing elements, botanical massage oil, and a facial mist and serum. Deep tissue massage, Theragun Percussive therapy, CBD Muscle Soother, and Himalayan Salt Hot Stone massage are offered. A special pre-natal massage for mothers-to-be is a pampering full-body session.

Specialized Poetry spa rituals include “The Epic,” a three-hour couples experience that includes an aromatic body exfoliation followed by a private rain shower rinse, a body massage using handcrafted biodynamic oils, and an aromatic hair, scalp, and facial ritual. 

Activities

A private hiking trail winds up to 500 feet above the Inn and connects to the public Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area trail. In addition to stunning valley views, guests might spot wildlife that includes deer, rabbits, wild pigs, pond turtles, frogs, and more than 40 species of birds.

With prior arrangement through the Poetry Inn ambassador, guests of the Inn may take a complimentary exclusive tour and tasting at Cliff Lede Vineyards. A walk through the vineyards and the winemaking facility is included, along with a tasting of fine wines that include the “Poetry” Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Cliff Lede’s Backstage Tasting Lounge, which features rotating art exhibits.
Cliff Lede’s Backstage Tasting Lounge, which features rotating art exhibits. Photo Courtesy: Bob McClenahan.

A pool and hot tub set below the Inn are open seasonally (April through November) Guests are welcome to relax on the pool deck lounge chairs in the shade of an umbrella while enjoying views of Poetry Vineyard.

Pool area with a gorgeous vineyard view.
Pool area with a gorgeous vineyard view. Photo Courtesy: Bob McClenahan.

The Poetry Inn’s ambassadors can arrange winery tours, tastings, or experiences like hot air balloon rides. They are available to provide suggestions for things to do and places to dine or shop.

About Poetry Inn

Designed for Cliff Lede by renowned architect Howard Backen, the Poetry Inn opened in 2005. Lede had founded his winery a few years earlier and named the hillside vineyard the “Poetry Vineyard,” hence the name of the Inn.

The current interior decor is the work of Erin Martin Design who reimagined the spaces in 2021, creating the sophisticated yet cozy style enjoyed by guests today.

Interesting and tasteful touches are everywhere, from the original art, much from the collection of Cliff Lede, to fresh flowers, poetry books, an antique typewriter, and a guest book filled with glowing handwritten notes detailing romantic and relaxing stays at the Inn. 

Poetry Inn Interior.
Poetry Inn Interior. Photo Courtesy: Michael Hospelt.

Whether as a home base for exploring the Napa Valley’s wineries, tasting rooms, and restaurants or as a romantic destination in itself, Poetry Inn is an excellent choice. The Inn’s ambassadors are ready and willing to create a memorable experience for their guests. 

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